“One Big Happy” recap (1.3): Gay or Nay?

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I have to admit, One Big Happy is growing on me.  Like a Taylor Swift song that I fervently maintain snuck into my iTunes without my permission, this little sitcom has a certain charm that I am powerless to deny.  It helps that two out of my three fears for the show have not come to pass.

  1. I worried Lizzy would be a LINO (Lesbian in Name Only), but look! The past two episodes have been all about her loving on girls.
  2. I was worried I would hate Luke and he would hog all the jokes and attention.  But Luke is like, pretty much an okay guy.
  3. The laugh track.  Still a problem and still unacceptable.

Oh and also the baby. I keep forgetting that Lizzy is supposed to be pregnant, mostly because it has yet to add much emotional or even comedic heft to the show. Now if this show were about a poly relationship—nope, nope I don’t even want that.

Anyway, we return to Happyland with a little reminder that there is a bun in Lizzy’s oven (Why do we call it a bun? Why can’t it be something worth getting excited about, like a pizza?).  Lizzy is terrifying herself with “101 More Worst Case Pregnancy Scenarios” when Luke and Prudence come home with big news: Luke scored Lizzy an appointment with L.A.’s top OBGYN, known as the “fetus whisperer.”

Luke and Lizzy are overjoyed, while Prudence just tries to figure out where she fits in to this whole scenario.

obh3.1IS THERE SUCH A THING AS A LAMAZE CHEERLEADER? LAMAZE BOOSTER CLUB?

Best lines:

Lizzy: We are crushing this pregnancy!

Luke: Yeah, this pregnancy is our bitch!

Prudence: We are KILLING this baby!

And whoever wrote that joke should treat themself to a weed lollipop, because it is both darkly hilarious and one of the first moments that successfully paints Prudence as endearing.

The next day (or possibly mere minutes later, good luck constructing a coherent timeline for this show) the gang is at the gym, when Lizzie spots a woman (Erinn Hayes) she has been secretly pining over for months.

obh3.2 YET ANOTHER WONDERFUL THING ABOUT BEING A LESBIAN IS THAT MY FLEXIBILITY IS IN NO WAY RELATED TO MY SEXUAL PROWESS.

Intense eye contact was made over an exercise ball and intense avoidance was practiced in the locker room. Now, while I will always fight against stories that imply that women need men to make their decisions, there is some truth to the stereotype that lesbians are afraid to approach one another in the wild.  I believe a successful lesbian dating app would just be a disinterested straight person showing up and forcing women to talk to one another.  In this case, Pru and Luke are the straight people, though they’re not so much disinterested as they are desperate not to be the only people making sex sounds in the house anymore.

They conspire to put Lizzy’s crush on the treadmill next to hers, and the sparks fly instantly as the two bond and admit that they’ve both been obsessing over their micro interactions.  When Kate (which is her name, but in my heart I have decided she is the second coming of Lara from El Word) reaches out to shake Lizzy’s hand, she loses her balance and continues the show’s unbroken streak of a pratfall per episode.

obh3.3IT’S FINE I’M FINE I’M JUST PRACTICING MY AUDITION FOR THE REBOOT OF “ALLY MCBEAL.”

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